We celebrated Christmas Eve by reenacting the Nativity story. Declan was the cutest little shepherd! The kids got to open one present which is always new pajamas- although this year the boys got pajama pants. Christmas Day was wonderful! The morning seemed to fly by since we started the gift opening so late (not really!). Gifts were given and received very thankfully and joyfully. The 3 big boys got big nerf guns from Santa which they later made armor for out of all the empty boxes, Elizabeth got Just Dance 2016 which I can happily say I win 2 dances with and Declan a tricycle which he loves!
A little shepherd showed up on Christmas Eve.
As well as a King, another shepherd and Joseph, Mary and a baby Jesus.
The tree before the storm.
The boys and their nerf guns!
Brothers and sister giving gifts.
We already had a white winter land but Christmas Eve brought another 12 inches!
We got really neat ornaments from Aunt Ellen! Each of us got one with our name embroidered in them. The kids loved their own designs! Josh had some of these growing up and they've really enjoyed them.
We got a lovely picture of Mom and Dad Abbott.
Also, see that big screen tv behind Jonah? Emily and Troy won it in a work party as the grand prize and they decided to give it to us for Christmas! We had been needing a new tv- our old one was old and given to us free when we moved from Maryland- but we couldn't see how we could get a new one. It was a Christmas tender mercy!
What a great, great Christmas!